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All Of The Melbourne Markets To Visit In October

By Johanna Meka - 02 Oct 2017


As we recover from a wild end to September (carn the Tiges), October is looking like market month for Melbourne. Food trucks, vintage bargains and actual sunlight—this is the stuff that makes Sundays worthwhile.

Vegan markets, book markets, boho luxe markets—you name it and Melbourne’s got it. This month seems to have a good mix of both food and bargains up for grabs. There’s even a Garage Sale Trail happening in your suburb at the end of the month. Confused? Read on. We promise it’ll all make sense, even the gothic picnic. Wait, what?

Fed Square Book Market

One for the book lovers out there. Fed Square has decided to reward the intellectually savvy minds of Melbourne by holding the city’s largest book market. That’s right, forget small scale line-ups. There will be 5000 new and pre-loved titles to choose from. Absolutely no judgement if you spend several hours browsing the racks (you might want to leave impatient book-weary partners at home). You pretty much have all day to decide on whether you’re feeling that romantic classic set in the 1920s or 1950s. Tough decisions we know.

Where: Federation Square
When: 7, 14 & 21 October, 11am – 5pm.
For more info, click here.

St Kilda Esplanade Market

St Kilda street Market… you had us at hello. Who could resist sitting at the beach with a potato on a stick in hand. That’s our type of market. This family-friendly event has been a hit since the 1970s. Event organisers say it’s because there’s something here for everyone, with around 150 stalls to choose from. But we honestly think it’s because of the insta-worthy pics you can get. Like seriously, it’s located at the front of Luna Park. That screams bulk likes #selfish. Oh, we nearly forgot to mention that the market has been extended an extra hour as of the first of October. You can thank daylight savings for that.

Where: Outside Luna Park – Between Fitzroy St & Acland St, St Kilda.
When: October 8, 15 & 22, 10am – 5pm.
For more info, click here.

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

A wonderland of weird and wonderful goodies. That’s what you should expect at Belgrave’s Big Dreams market. Move over Miley Cyrus, because we have enough craziness happening in our hometown for once. We don’t need a foam finger to stand out bish (#burn). This is basically a market for people’s Big Ideas. The crazy imaginative stuff they never thought they’d make. We personally love the idea, and as Kath and Kim would say “yeah it’s unusual, very different, I like it”. There will be heaps of things on offer, from clothes to furniture. Let your inner child loose. Just keep them away from the sugar.

Where: St Thomas More Primary School – Reynolds Lane, Belgrave.
When: 8 October, 9am – 2pm.
For more info, click here.

Boho Luxe Market 

Get your glitter, fishnets and unicorn t-shirts ready, because this market will have you hash-tagging #festivalvibes. The Boho Luxe Market is bringing Byron Bay to Melbourne, with a range of bohemian products up for grabs. The line-up of stalls has been professionally selected by the event’s visual merchandiser. Like seriously, who goes to that much effort? In true market style, there’ll be live music and delicious food trucks rolling all day long. As our babe Kimmy K once said, everything in moderation.

Where: The Atrium, Federation Square.
When: 8 October, 10am – 5pm.
For more info, click here.

The Melbourne Gothic And Victorian Picnic

Halloween is coming up fast, and what better way to celebrate than a picnic. Wait, let’s rephrase that. What better way to celebrate than a gothic picnic. That’s better. But putting the weird and crazy stuff aside, there is market stalls there. And who doesn’t love a good market bargain right? Even if that bargain is a skull ornament. If you’re into the gothic or Halloween scene than this is for you. Also good for those who love to dress up in Victorian or Edwardian get-up (do these people exist?) Prepare to be scared because you never know what will be lurking in the Fitzroy Gardens. Let’s just say thank god for daylight savings.

Where: Fitzroy Gardens – 230-298 Wellington Parade, Melbourne.
When: October 14, 1pm – 6pm.
For more info, click here.

Moon Festival At Batman Market

Melbourne’s Chinese community is celebrating another cultural day and (like always) they’re inviting you to get your dancing shoes on. If you haven’t caught on already, the Moon Festival is all about (you guessed it) the moon. It has something to do with how it’s situated in the sky on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. But let’s be honest, we’re more interest in what’s on the menu. Mooncakes! A Chinese delicacy that you must get your hands on at this festival. And while you’re munching down on your pastry you can watch some cultural performances. Sounds like a perfect Sunday to us.

Where: Batman Market – 14-22 Gafney St, Coburg.
When: 15 October, 11am – 8pm.
For more info, click here.

Footscray Finds

Footscray's new craft market is back for another month, and if the crowds so far are any guide, it's gonna go off. For eastsiders, this one's a little like the weekly Camberwell Market: think boot sales, kitsch odds and ends, handmade crafts, vintage goodies and a heap of pre-loved fashion. Food trucks and live tunes will be pumping throughout the day. Grab a lobster and head on down—you might just find a bargain.

Where: 56 Paisley St, Footscray
When: From
8am, Sunday 15 October
For more info, click here

Suitcase Rummage At Spring Fling Festival

Okay people, this your chance to get down and dirty with some good old-fashioned haggling. Snag a bargain or swap your pre-loved goodies at the annual Suitcase Rummage. Every stallholder gets three suitcases worth of space to spruik their wares. It’s far from conventional, but who needs sense and reason when vintage bargains are on the line? Not us. But be prepared for some healthy competition (well let’s just say healthy). We strongly advise that you get your Katniss Everdeen on because we all know that when vintage vinyl is on the line, it’s every man for themselves. May the odds be forever in your favour.

Where: Raglan St, North Melbourne.
When: October 15, 11am – 4pm.
For more info, click here.

Finders Keepers

Step away from the second-hand nana jumper. We repeat, step away from the crocheted toilet-roll holder. We’ve got a better offer. This year’s Finder Keepers market is BACK. It’s Melbourne’s original emerging designer market, stocked with over 250 design and art stalls. And the best part is, it’s not only on for one day, or two, but three full days. This is your chance to channel your inner Blair Waldorf and Serena Van der Woodsen. Get creative my darlings, we’re always watching… xoxo Gossip Girl

Where: The Royal Exhibition Building - 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton.
When: 20, 21 & 22 October, various times.
For more info, click here.

Garage Sale Trail

Conventional markets are saaa old school, #oldnews. We have found the mother of all markets, and it’s popping up all over Melbourne. Get yo friends, get yo food and follow a map around your local suburb to different garage sales. An excellent morning for the savvy treasure hunter. All you have to do is jump on the site, punch in your postcode and get your engine running. You’ll have heaps to choose from at this trash ‘n’ treasure event to end all. You never know what masterpiece your neighbour might be hiding...

Where: Various locations around Melbourne.
When: 21 & 22 October, early till late.
For more info, click here.

Boutique French Market 

Bonjour, Bonsoir and merci, people. That’s about all the French we know. But we thought it'd be fitting to reel them off, because there’s a French-inspired market happening in Mordialloc! Think baguettes, cheese, more baguettes, wine and even more baguettes. Wait, did we mention baguettes? Get your Parisian vibes on and dance to Vive La Difference banging out some French tunes. If crepes and raclette are more your thing, they’ve got them too. But just a warning, wanderlust is a side effect of this particular market. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.   

Where: 24-26 Crown Ave, Mordialloc.
When: 27 October, 5pm & 28 October, 10am – 3pm.
For more info, click here.

Spring Vegan Festival

Veganism and meat markets. Not a typical combo. Well the Animal Liberation Victoria organisation has decided to embrace irony and put the two together. They’re holding an all-vegan, cruelty-free event on the site of the old North Melbourne meat market. Punching those meat eaters (figuratively speaking) in the face, the day will celebrate all things vegan but in a very non-evangelical way. Think make-up demos, an entertainment stage and amazing food. We like it, we like it a lot.

Where: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne
When: 28 October, 10am – 5pm
For more info, click here.

Slow Food Melbourne Farmers Market

Don’t worry, you’re not going to have to wait hours for your cheese pizza. The event organisers call it ‘Slow Food’ for a really cool reason. They want you to get back to the basics of cooking. You know, like appreciating where the produce came from and taking time to eat and embrace what the hell you’re consuming. There’ll be no processed meats or artificial preservatives at this farmer’s market, only delicious and free-range produce. Let’s be honest, summer bodies are made in Winter… well for us now it’s Spring. So we best start getting some wholesome food into our systems ASAP.

Where: Abbotsford Convent – St Heliers Street, Abbotsford.
When: 28 October, 8am – 1pm.
For more info, click here.

Melbourne Farmers Markets

There’s nothing processed about this process. At Melbourne Farmers Markets, you can get real food straight from Victorian farmers. You can find them at a number of spots around Melbourne. Here's the list: 

Coburg North Primary School: Every Saturday, 8am–1pm
Carlton Primary School: First Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Collingwood Children’s Farm: Second Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park: Third Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Slow Food Melbourne at Abbotsford Convent: Fourth Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Fairfield Primary School: Third Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
The University of Melbourne: Every Wednesday during semester, 10.30am–2.30pm
For more information, click here.

Queen Victoria Market

Ah yes, the Queen Bee of all markets (in the Southern Hemisphere at least). It’s jam-packed, literally, with fresh food, handmade goods, unique apparel and the iconic, hot jam doughnuts. How’s that for a winter warmer? This one’s open errrryday except Mondays and Wednesdays.

Where: Corner of Victoria & Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
When: 6am – 2pm Tuesday and Thursday, 6am – 5pm Fridays, 6am – 3pm Saturdays, 9am –4pm Sundays
For more info, click here.

Hungry for more? We tracked down all the free stuff in Melbourne this October. No dollars? No worries. 

Image credit: Finders Keepers Market

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